Venetian, 17th or 18th century; the guilded winged lion is the symbol of St. Mark and the emblem of the City of Venice; this staute was removed from Venice by British Forces when they evacuated the Venetian fortress on Corfu in 1809. The open book in front of the lion of St. Mark’s has four lines on each side. The left side of the page has the following words written in each line; Pax, Tibi, Mar and CE. On the right side, the book features these words; Evan, Geli, Sta and Meus. When translated into English these words mean “Peace to you, o Mark, my evangelist”.
At the Tower of London Castle, 7-19-11.
Submitted to Photo Friday's "gold" theme 8-11-11. And Photo Sunday's "text" theme 1-25-15 -- and it got 4th place in votes, woo hoo! thanks people for voting on www.photosunday.net/